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A staunch magistrate surprised by the apparition of a radical demon. Etching by G. Cruikshank, 1835.

Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
1 August 1835

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The magistrate is reading by candle-light: "Etymology - Radical. ex Radix. is a root & Calor is heat. angor. strife - q.d. the root of all strife"; on the floor beside him a book lies open: "Burns. Justice - Treason", on the bookshelves: "History of Babylon", "History of vie French Revolution", "History of Rebellion". He exclaims: "In the name of Satan, what - imp are you, & where was you hatched?!!!", the demon replies: "In Hell your worship, I'm a radical, give me leave to present you a list of a few of my best friends". The demon is wearing and stands on a bonnet-rouge; he holds two spikes, one spearing the Bible and bearing a Bishop's head and the other spearing the Magna Charta and bearing a crown and flag inscribed: "Blood! Blood!! Blood!!! Reform & plunder - Watson, Thistlewood, Waddington, Harrison, Hunt, Pearson, Wood, Waithman, Parkins & c. & c. - Cobbet, Carlile, Tom Pain, Burdett, Little Hobb, Death & the Devil - no King - no God"


The root of King's evil - N.B. To cure ye Constitution of this evil, ye axe must be laid to ye root - Designed by an amateur - G Cruikk. fect.


[London] (26 Haymarket) : Thos. McLean, 1 August 1835.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; border 20 x 26 cm

Publications note

Too late for the British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954


Wellcome Library no. 12244i



  • English


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